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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > November 2010 > Buffalo Sewer Authority Receives $2 Million To Improve Water Quality

Buffalo Sewer Authority Receives $2 Million To Improve Water Quality

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
             (716) 851-4841


              
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Awards Funding to Sewer Authority for Water Quality Improvement, Swan Trunk Flow Diversion and Weir Modifications

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the Buffalo Sewer Authority has been chosen to receive New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) funding in the amount of $2,125,000.

“This grant will be used to improve the quality of life for residents in the City of Buffalo and in surrounding regions,” said Mayor Brown. “I am proud that the Buffalo Sewer Authority has been awarded this funding from the New York State DEC and it will be utilized as part of our city’s continuing practice of environmental responsibility.”

The funding is designated for a combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement project. By completing this project, the Buffalo Sewer Authority will divert flow from the Swan Trunk sewer and modify existing flow diversion structures in the Swan Trunk sewer to significantly reduce Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) discharges to Lake Erie and the Buffalo River.

“We are honored to receive this funding from the DEC,” said Buffalo Sewer Authority General Manager David Comerford. “This support is essential to our improvement of water quality, and will enhance our service to the community.”

The funding is part of the $61.5 million in grants that Governor David A. Paterson announced on November 12, 2010, that would  aid to local communities across New York to improve water quality, reduce pollution and restore vital habitat.